Mesa Verde: if you can, do a tour. I didn’t feel like it was a great option with a five and seven year old with all of the ladders, so we went to the overlook and called it good. But first, we went to the visitor’s center! This is where you need to go to get instructions to get to the dwellings and tickets if you’ll be doing a tour.
It was funny coming back down and having adults see our seven year old and say, “Well if he can do it, we can do it.”
We got to the trail about 6:30 am, so it was dark, and it took us about two hours to hike there, and that was with an unfortunate detour—my fault for following people rather than looking for signs.
I don’t know if you know this, but after we went to Yellowstone I was like, “We should go to every national park in the United States!” All 58 of them. And Nathanael was like, “yeah, that would be cool”. SO. That’s a thing we’re doing. So far we’ve hit Yellowstone and The Smokies (back before this blog was a thing), and now Zion and Bryce. We’re on a roll, lol.